Book Reviews & Essays on Literature

The header for this and other posts contain images from both original and fan fiction/sequels by other authors. In this case, Tintin and Snowy (left) come from Rodier’s version, the Little Prince (adapted, centre) comes from the original by De Saint-Exupéry, and the Young Prince (right) comes from A.G. Roemmers’ version. All three images have been used under the terms of “fair use”: “In its most general sense, a fair use is any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and ‘transformative’ purpose, such as to comment upon, criticize, or parody a copyrighted work.” (Rich Stim, Stanford University Libraries). The main image, of Paris, France, is by M.F. O’Brien, used with permission.

Tintin and Alph-Art, by Hergé and Yves Rodier

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Fan fiction is fiction about characters or settings from an original work of fiction, created by fans of that work rather than by its creator, in this case, Hergé’s Tintin. Fan fiction is rarely commissioned or authorized by the original work’s creator or publisher, and is rarely professionally published (just like Roedier’s work that I discuss here). It may or may not infringe on the original author’s copyright, depending on the jurisdiction and on such questions as whether or not it qualifies as “fair use”. (Continue reading here…)

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